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On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
•Understand the importance of a preventive approach to preservation and articulate the difference between preventive and remedial preservation activities
•Be familiar with the physical components and configuration of traditional analogue materials, and their resultant preservation vulnerabilities and requirements
•Identify the wide range of activities that comprise a preservation programme
•Develop understanding of the main issues and challenges in the preservation of digital archives
•Develop awareness of the core aspects of approaches to digital preservation and the key skills and tools to commence digital preservation activities
•Become familiar with best practice standards in analogue and digital preservation.
•Formulate and implement effective and inclusive collecting policies and acquisition procedures
•Design collection deposit and accessioning protocols for paper and digital material.
The module will cover the following broad areas: Week 1 introduction to preservation and preservation principles; Week 2 Understanding traditional archive & historic library materials and the threats they face; Week 3 Preservation in practice: archive and library buildings; storage and environments; Week 4 Preservation in practice: other aspects of collection care; Week 5, a class visit or guest speaker; Week 6 Emergency planning, prevention and recovery for traditional archive & library materials; Week 7 Preserving digital materials: introduction and issues; Week 10, Preserving digital materials: approaches and options; Week 11, Preserving digital materials, preservation software systems; Weeks 12-14, Acquiring archives in traditional and digital formats, working with depositors and developing acquisition policies and procedures.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
|Field Trip/External Visits||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Assignment: Preserving traditional materials||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Assignment related to collecting policies and acquisition||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Preserving digital materials||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Feedback on all assessments will be provided to each student via Brightspace. Individual feedback on all assignments will be provided by one-to-one meetings on Zoom or via email if requested by students.